The application for the ING New York City Marathon 2009 will open on Thursday, February 19, at noon at www.ingnycmarathon.org, announced race director Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. It’s a historic year as the race celebrates its 40th running. This year’s ING New York City Marathon will be on Sunday, November 1.
“First times and long timers alike won’t want to miss the 40th edition,” Wittenberg said. “The marathon ‘class of 2009’ will be treated to an experience of a lifetime as we celebrate both our legendary champions and the nearly 788,000 participants who have crossed our finish line with a race week filled with unique events.”
Applications for the lottery from individuals with a U.S. address will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009, and results will be posted in mid-June. Applications from individuals without a U.S. address and all applicants eligible for guaranteed entry will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009, and results will be posted in mid-May. Entry fees for runners accepted through the lottery (as well as guaranteed entrants) will be $138 for New York Road Runners members, $171 for non-members, and $231 for international entrants.
A record number of more than 105,000 people applied to the 2008 event, and the race hosted one of its largest fields ever with more than 38,000 finishers. Last year, more than $18 million was raised for charity, and the race’s economic impact totaled approximately $220 million. It was a year of repeat champions, as Paula Radcliffe won her third ING New York City Marathon title in 2:23:56 and Marilson Gomes dos Santos outlasted Abderrahim Goumri in the final mile to claim his second ING New York City Marathon crown in 2:08:43. Female wheelchair winner Edith Hunkeler finished in 2:06:42, capturing her fourth title, and male wheelchair defending champion Kurt Fearnley finished in 1:44:50 to claim his third consecutive crown.
Also in 2008, Kara Goucher impressed the hometown crowd in finishing third in an American debut record of 2:25:53, surpassing Deena Kastor’s mark of 2:26:58, set in 2001 at the New York City Marathon. Goucher is the first American woman to reach the podium in New York since Anne Marie Letko in 1994.